On a cold, rainy Saturday Dec 15 afternoon, The Association of South Asian Professionals of British Columbia (ASAP) in conjunction with Friendship Providers in Action held their fourth annual “Blankets for the Homeless Event” at Oppenheimer Park in East Vancouver. ASAP members were proudly joined by David Gadhia and family and David Sidoo and family who were the main sponsors for the ASAP blanket drive. While the lineup formed around the block, coffee and snacks were served as over 300 blankets and many toques were distributed to the less fortunate. By raising awareness, ASAP hopes others will join in to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the approximately 2,300 homeless people in Vancouver.
David Gadhia and David Sidoo’s families are working with ASAP on the blanket drive because they want to help like-minded organizations alleviate poverty and create hope. Warm blankets and clothing make an impact in the lives of those in need during the cold winter months in Greater Vancouver.
“The issues of homelessness and poverty should be major concerns for everyone in British Columbia. There are several reports suggesting that the number of people that will be homeless could triple in the Lower Mainland in the next few years. The term “working poor” is taking on new meaning. These problems need to be addressed now before they get any worse. ASAP and its members are doing their part by getting involved and holding various events including our Fourth Annual Blankets for the Homeless Event” and giving back to the community. We encourage and challenge others to join us to help resolve the plight of the homeless. We are grateful for the assistance provided to us for this event from our co-sponsors David Gadhia and David Sidoo, who not only provided financial assistance but with their families braved the elements and joined in distributing the blankets and toques to the less fortunate,” states Mr. Jindy Bhalla, President of ASAP.